There are so many good episodes of The Vampire Diaries, but which ones really stand out? Do you like "The Departed" the best, or is "Graduation" your favorite episode of The Vampire Diaries? To determine once and for all what the best episodes of The Vampire Diaries are, let's rank every Vampire Diaries episode from best to worst.
Starring Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, and Ian Somerhalder, The Vampire Diaries on CW was a supernatural drama based on the L.J. Smith book series of the same name. The series takes place in Mystic Falls, Virginia, a historically supernatural town where the vampires Stefan Salvatore (Wesley) and Damon Salvatore (Somerhalder) work to protect its residents, including their love Elena Gilbert (Dobrev). Mythology is revealed through flashbacks. The Vampire Diaries premiered on September 10, 2009 and concluded after eight seasons on March 10, 2017.
Vote up your favorite episodes of The Vampire Diaries, and downvote any bad episodes that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you love the series as a whole. It can be painful to put one Vampire Diaries episode over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many episodes you like.
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The Departed Season 3 Episode 22: In the third season finale, determined to protect his sister, Jeremy makes a decision that will change everything. Bonnie makes a secret deal that has heartbreaking consequences.
As I Lay Dying Season 2 Episode 22: In the season finale, more than one life hangs in the balance as the consequences of the sacrifice ritual play out to a horrifying conclusion.
I Was Feeling Epic Season 8 Episode 16: With the fate of Mystic Falls at stake, Stefan and Damon must fight their greatest enemy for one last battle.
It's Been a Hell of a Ride Season 8 Episode 14: Damon and Stefan join forces against Cade to save Elena’s casket and Caroline and Alaric deal with their daughter’s burgeoning magical powers.
You Made a Choice to be Good Season 8 Episode 11: Cade returns to Mystic Falls and presents Damon and Stefan with additional assignments, and Caroline and Matt protect the town’s residents from Cade’s appetite for their souls.
Homecoming Season 3 Episode 9: On the night of the Homecoming dance, Rebekah (CLAIRE HOLT) tells Elena why the evening is so important to her, leaving Elena with conflicting emotions. MY MORNING JACKET performs.
Graduation Season 4 Episode 23: Season finale: It's Graduation Day. Damon's life is in danger and Elena faces an epic confrontation. Plus, Stefan discovers a horrifying clue to the mystery surrounding Silas.
Masquerade Season 2 Episode 7: Stefan and Damon decide on a new plan to deal with Katherine at the Lockwood's masquerade ball. Things take an ugly turn when Matt and Tyler start doing shots with their friends.
Founder's Day Season 1 Episode 22: In the season finale, Damon and Alaric try to stop John Gilbert (DAVID ANDERS) from setting a plan in motion to bring Founder's Day to an end amid chaos, destruction and death.
The Sun Also Rises Season 2 Episode 21: As the full moon arrives, Elena prepares for whatever Klaus (JOSEPH MORGAN) has planned and Tyler faces his second transformation. The terrifying events spin out of control.
Heart of Darkness Season 3 Episode 19: Caroline is thrilled when Tyler returns to town, but Tyler soon suspects that something has been going on between Caroline and Klaus. Matt tries to keep Rebecca (CLAIRE HOLT) busy.
Down the Rabbit Hole Season 4 Episode 14: Damon has an ugly run-in with a Hunter, Vaughn (CHARLIE BEWLEY - The Twilight Saga), and realizes he is one of the Five. Stefan admits his feelings about possibly becoming human.
I'm Thinking Of You All The While Season 6 Episode 22: Season finale: Things take a dramatic turn when an uninvited guest shows up, leaving Elena in terrible jeopardy. Damon is forced to make the most difficult decision of his life.
Rose Season 2 Episode 8: Stefan and Damon come to Elena's assistance and, in the process, learn surprising new information. Jeremy helps Bonnie after she casts a difficult and exhausting spell.
Hell is Other People Season 7 Episode 10: Trapped inside the Phoenix stone, Damon is tormented by a traumatic experience from his time in the Civil War and forced to face his darkest demon in order to get out.
My Brother's Keeper Season 4 Episode 7: At the annual Miss Mystic Falls Pageant, Elena and Caroline give April (GRACE PHIPPS) advice, while Tyler and Hayley (PHOEBE TONKIN) work together on a secret project.
Before Sunset Season 3 Episode 21: Klaus acts on his intentions to leave town with Elena, but finds resistance from a surprising new enemy. Damon and Stefan have a surprisingly candid conversation about the future.
Bringing Out the Dead Season 3 Episode 13: Sheriff Forbes (MARGUERITE MacINTYRE) delivers disturbing news to Alaric and Elena about a recent murder weapon, and Caroline is heartbroken when unable to stop a tragedy unfold.
We're Planning a June Wedding Season 8 Episode 15: A wedding is quickly planned for Damon and Stefan to lure out a dangerous enemy. This looming threat puts the fate of Mystic Falls in eminent danger and must be destroyed.
Home Season 5 Episode 22: In the season finale, Damon's plan causes a huge explosion in Mystic Falls, and everyone is caught up in the confusion, leaving a trail of heroism, sacrifice, relief and despair.
Ghost World Season 3 Episode 7: Preparing to celebrate the traditional Illumination Night, Mystic Falls is invaded by spirits. After a violent encounter with an angry spirit, Damon asks Bonnie for help.
Growing Pains Season 4 Episode 1: In the fourth season premiere, Elena awakens after the accident to find the thing she dreaded most has come true. Damon is furious with Stefan, and takes out his rage on Matt.
The Reckoning Season 3 Episode 5: Caroline is determined to see that Elena, Bonnie, Matt and Tyler all enjoy a traditional Senior Prank Night before the school year begins ... but the evening takes a deadly turn.
The Last Dance Season 2 Episode 18: Elena receives disturbing messages from Klaus. Expecting him to show up at the "1960s Decade Dance," Damon and Alaric attend as chaperones, but Klaus is playing a complicated game.
Stand By Me Season 4 Episode 15: Damon and Rebekah (CLAIRE HOLT) learn an unexpected bit of recent history from Vaughn (CHARLIE BEWLEY). Bonnie reveals the rest of Shane's (DAVID ALPAY) plan.
Memorial Season 4 Episode 2: Stefan and Damon argue about what is best for Elena. Jeremy and Matt are surprised to see a girl they used to know, April (GRACE PHIPPS), enrolling at Mystic Falls High.
Let The Right One In Season 1 Episode 17: Stefan is forced to make a frightening decision. Matt is hopeful that his mom, Kelly (MELINDA CLARKE), will stay. And, after Caroline's car breaks down in a storm, she makes a horrific discovery that shocks everyone in town.
The Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 22: Someone has been attacking patients at the hospital. A violent wind storm causes a power outage and ghosts suddenly appear - some with good intentions and some bent on revenge.
Dangerous Liasons Season 3 Episode 14: Elena is invited to a formal ball at Klaus' mansion and learns of a horrifying plan that could lead to numerous deaths. Who can she trust with her new information?
By the Light of the Moon Season 2 Episode 11: As the full moon nears, Caroline helps Tyler prepare for transformation. Damon and Alaric are suspicious when a stranger named Jules (MICHAELA McMANUS) shows up looking for Mason.
Gone Girl Season 5 Episode 15: Nadia (OLGA FONDA) remembers her search for Katherine. Damon seeks revenge. Bonnie learns of a terrifying secret that will threaten the lives of all her friends.
Fool Me Once Season 1 Episode 14: Jeremy asks Anna (MALESE JOW) to a party in the woods. Stefan, Damon and Elena work with Bonnie and Grams (JASMINE GUY) to open the tomb, and are shocked by what they discover.
American Gothic Season 4 Episode 18: While in a small town in Pennsylvania with Rebekah (CLAIRE HOLT), Elena has a surprising encounter with Elijah (DANIEL GILLIES). Klaus receives Caroline's reluctant help.
A View to a Kill Season 4 Episode 12: When the 1980s Decade Dance at the high school is cancelled by Mayor Hopkins (RICK WORTHY), Stefan finds a charming way to make it up to a disappointed Rebekah (CLAIRE HOLT).
Kill or Be Killed Season 2 Episode 5: Tyler learns more about the Lockwood family curse from Mason (TAYLOR KINNEY) and Sheriff Lockwood (MARGUERITE MacINTYRE) receives startling information.
The Murder of One Season 3 Episode 18: Stefan's emotional turmoil leads him to a dangerous confrontation with Klaus and, later, to a heartbreaking moment with Elena. CLAIRE HOLT and CASPER ZAFER guest star.
Katerina Season 2 Episode 9: Elena puts herself in a dangerous position searching for the truth about Katherine's past. Jeremy and Bonnie meet a new student (BRYTON JAMES) with a surprising family history.
The Last Day Season 2 Episode 20: Damon is willing to go to great lengths to prevent Elena from being a victim of Klaus's (JOSEPH MORGAN) plan to break the curse, putting him at terrible odds with Stefan.
Moonlight on the Bayou Season 7 Episode 14: In New Orleans, Stefan comes face to face with Klaus Mikaelson (JOSEPH MORGAN - The Originals), who soon becomes suspicious of his old friend's unexpected arrival in his city.
Ordinary People Season 3 Episode 8: Elena and Rebekah (CLAIRE HOLT) engage in a power struggle, until Rebekah finally reveals some of her family's ancient secrets and the violent past she shares with Klaus.
The Hybrid Season 3 Episode 2: Damon and Alaric reluctantly go along with Elena's new strategy to find Stefan, leading Damon into a dangerous fight with an unexpected enemy.
I'll Wed You In The Golden Summertime Season 6 Episode 21: It's Alaric and Jo's (JODI LYN O'KEEFE) wedding day. After uncovering major news Damon has been keeping from him, Stefan gives his brother some perspective on a future with Elena.
The End Of The Affair Season 3 Episode 3: Stefan is reunited with a vampire (CLAIRE HOLT), from decades earlier. In a flashback to the 1920s, Stefan comes face to face with a shocking chapter from his wild past.
Smells Like Teen Spirit Season 3 Episode 6: On the first day of their senior year, Elena, Caroline, Bonnie and Matt still reel from recent events. Meanwhile, Stefan continues to carry out his latest assignment from Klaus.
Nostalgia's a Bitch Season 8 Episode 10: Sybil enacts revenge on Damon by putting him in a catatonic state and Caroline and Bonnie enter Damon’s mind where they discover Stefan is the key to Damon’s fate.
The Birthday Season 3 Episode 1: In the third season premiere, it's Elena's 18th birthday. As she searches for clues to locate Stefan, Damon tries to keep her from doing anything that might draw Klaus's attention.
Do Not Go Gentle Season 3 Episode 20: The 1920s Decade Dance takes a deadly turn when Damon and Stefan realize they need the help of Matt, Jeremy and Bonnie to undo a spell that could be devastating for everyone.
The Rager Season 4 Episode 3: Elena learns confronting Rebekah (CLAIRE HOLT) can be dangerous. Tyler gets a surprise visit from Hayley (PHOEBE TONKIN ��� The Secret Circle), a werewolf who helped him with Klaus.
O Come, All Ye Faithful Season 4 Episode 9: It's a winter wonderland in Mystic Falls. Plus, Professor Shane (DAVID ALPAY) reveals a piece of ancient history that leaves everyone speechless.
After School Special Season 4 Episode 10: Rebekah (CLAIRE HOLT) is back with a vengeance. Bonnie is uncomfortable when her father, Rudy Hopkins (RICK WORTHY ��� Supernatural), accepts the role of Interim Mayor.